OTTUMWA — One by one, they came up to the microphone, adjusted it and began to speak. Some were actors. Some were athletes, and others were politicians. Others were just some of history's most notable faces. The thing they had in common — they were all part of the Fifth Grade Wax Museum 2014 at Horace Mann Elementary School Friday.
Principal Jeff Hendred welcomed the crowd by saying, "You may think you recognize them, but they've changed," while explaining how the students in Tracy Meister and Ann Weilbrenner's classes had taken on the personality of their chosen famous person.
The students spent many hours completing a research paper on their chosen person and then brought them to life during the presentation Friday.
After Hendred spoke, Vera Wang (Emma Weilbrenner) and Kate Middleton (Chloe Schneckloth) spoke about all the hard work the students had put into to the project but emphasized the fun they had. After that, the audience was treated to a short bio on each famous person.
The students spoke about where and when their chosen person was born, their families, their careers, and, in some cases, their death. Historical figures such as Anne Frank, Sacagawea, Pocahontas, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., Amelia Earhart, J. Edgar Hoover, John F. Kennedy, Harry Houdini, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), Annie Oakley, Neil Armstrong and Abraham Lincoln spoke about their lives.
Some of the featured athletes included Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, Stan Musial, Shawn Johnson, Lionel Messi, Jeff Gordon, Cristian Ronaldo and Jerry Rice.
Actors present included Betty White, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Britney Murphy and Kristen Stewart.
Other featured persons were Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Kate Middleton, Taylor Swift, Adam Lavine, Vera Wang and Georgia O'Keefe. Wyatt Earp, Betsy Ross, LeBron James and Leonardo Da Vinci were also listed on the program.
Once all the speeches were complete, Amelia Earhardt (Nico Maggio) and Sacajewa (Jili Butler) thanked everyone for coming as the students became themselves again.